VFS ROADMAP (and vfs01.patch stage 1 available for testing)

David Cuthbert dacut at kanga.org
Tue Aug 17 19:29:57 PDT 2004

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Jeroen Ruigrok/asmodai wrote:
> Most high availability clusters have proprietary memory interlinks for this
> end.  Wasn't there some development/work on sharing memory state over
> (dedicated) Ethernet links?

Are you thinking of Mosix (and associated friends, such as OpenMosix)?

We tried running OpenMosix at work across a few machines; the results 
were underwhelming (compared to LSF).  Our application, though, might be 
written in such a way that it defeats clustering: a control process is 
run on each node, and it forks off simulation processes which run for a 
few seconds, return the results, and die.  For OM, we ran a single 
control process; it never migrated, and the simulation processes 
finished so quickly that OM was reluctant to migrate them.

Personally, I'd be more interested in the reverse concept: a bunch of 
machines which act like a single machine with redundancy (for, say, a 
high availability storage/authentication/database server).  A read 
transaction could be satisfied by any single node; a write transaction 
would be broadcast to all nodes.  Individual nodes could be taken 
offline for maintenance; upon return to the cluster, it would receive 
the missing transactions from other nodes to resync itself.

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